The great Bobby Robson has spoken today about the Newcastle United club he loves so much, and the thing he wants to see more than anything is a top manager drafted into the club.
Bobby Robson – with wife Elsie – he’s a legend!
Bobby spoke today about the importance of a top manager:
“The club, financially, has to be stable,” “But the most important thing for me is the same as it’s always been. The appointment of a top manager is crucial. He’s the puppet master, he pulls the strings.”
“All the big, successful clubs have top managers who know the game, can impart that knowledge, who are a good judge of a player, a good tactician, an enthusiast, who get on with the players and know how to handle big players and discipline them.”
“Without that sort of manager, you will not run a big club. All the top managers have it: Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, I’d like to think I was one of them. And it takes time. I was at Newcastle five years and it took two years to get it together. Then we finished third, fourth and fifth and then they sacked me.”
“What Newcastle needs is a top-class manager and without that, they won’t succeed. We need someone who comes to Newcastle and lives in Newcastle.”
“Whether Kevin will come back or whether they’ll give it to Alan or a combination of the two or someone else entirely, I don’t know,” “But I think both (Shearer and Keegan) are realistic prospects. And I think they’d be welcome, too.”
“Alan might not have any experience, but he knows what the club is all about, knows the supporters, knows how they feel and he’d be dedicated to it. I think Alan will make a good manager.”
We think Shearer has everything it takes to be a top manager, and would love to see him paired with an experienced older manager for a couple of years. Maybe that could be Terry Venables, whom he admires a lot from his England days, or even Kevin Keegan, although Alan doesn’t really want to work under anybody at the club.
Certainly Roy Keane showed he could come in and make an immediate difference, when he took over Sunderland a couple of years ago, for his first stint in management. And look where Roy’s taken them in the short time he’s been in charge.
The choice of a manager will be the new owener’s first and most important decision.